JAPANESE AUCTIONS: THE ULTIMATE CAR SAFARI
The Japanese vehicle auctions should be considered an interplanetary statistical anomaly. “How and why the hell do they even exist?” I can hear you asking.
You may have known about them for decades, but the Japanese car auction system defies common sense, eschewing rationality. And yet they are 100-percent commonplace. It happens because this is the Japanese way. Japan possesses the capability to cultivate and then process cultural “Unobtanium” and the social need to buy and sell cars springs from the necessity within Japan's need to “recycle."
The Japanese are, at heart, structured to dispose of the old and usher in the new at regular intervals and are the predominant and factually omnipotent “all seeing eye” that pervades virtually every car sale in Japan outside private purchasing and Yahoo auction sales.
There are no dodgy Craigslist posts. There are no Saturday afternoon booty calls to come visit and go for a test drive. In Japan, documentation is an absolute and privacy is everything; without either, you can't even buy a car, let alone put one to market. Japan is safe on the prevention of vehicular theft and the notion that cars trade hands illegally.
None of the mystique the auctions embody has been purged. The sheer experience of attending a Japanese auction at full-tilt on any given Thursday is an all-out assault on the senses that will render you speechless. Irrelevant of your particular slant, your eyes would water freely if you saw what the gates contained.
Just recently, I was reduced to a crying mess of human blubber over a pair of E30 M3 BMWs, that to my trained eye, were in perfect form and embodied equal measures of childhood and fantasy at the same time. To see them